B’ham City Council Recycling

From the city’s recycling web page (last updated September 2008)

Recycling Schemes for Birmingham Residents

Most households in the city now have a doorstep collection service. This collects paper and card from your blue box and glass, cans and plastic bottles from your green box every fortnight. On alternate weeks we collect your green sack containing garden waste. We hope to roll out the full service to everyone by the end of this year. You can also use the network of around 400 Local Recycling Centres or one of the five Household Recycling Centres in the city. Find out more by using the recycling menu or contact us.

Coming soon!You will soon be able to find out your refuse collection and recycling collection days on the Council’srecycling web pages. In the meantime, please telephone 0121 303 1112 or email


Birmingham City Council supports Love Food Hate Waste Campaign

A research report “The Food We Waste”, published by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) revealed that the average household in Birmingham throws out £420 of good food a year. For some families with children it can be as much as £610 – which could have helped pay household bills.

The cost of needlessly wasted food to UK households is £10 billion a year, £2 billion higher than previously estimated. The research gives detailed new insights into the nature and amount of food thrown away in the UK and is believed to be the first study of its kind.

Research found that more than half the food thrown out, worth £6 billion a year is bought and simply left unused or untouched. For example, each day 1.3 million unopened yoghurt pots, 5,500 whole chickens and 44,000 ready meals are thrown away in the UK. The study revealed that £1 billion worth of wasted food is still “in date”.

The environmental impact of food waste is enormous, because of all the energy and resources which are used to get food to our homes and, when it reaches landfill, there is a major carbon impact. Tackling the problem of food waste would be the same as taking 1 in 5 cars off UK roads.

Birmingham’s recycling rate increases

Birmingham City Council has announced its recycling rate for 2007/08 and it shows an 8% increase on the previous year.

The Council’s Fleet & Waste Management division have confirmed that it recycled 26.81% of the city’s waste during 2007-2008 – a total of over 122,000 tonnes.

Cllr Len Gregory, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Street Services said “recycling has been one of Birmingham’s great successes over the last year, with our rate for recycling and composting rising from 18.5% in 2006/07 to 26.81% in 2007/08 – an amazing 3% over our target. With the hard work and dedication of the Fleet and Waste Management division and the support of the people of Birmingham, we aim to be recycling 37% of our waste by 2012/2013″.

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Find out how easy it is to start composting and how you can get your compost bin.

Tetra Paks (drinks carton) Recycling

Each year 55,000 tonnes of orange, soup and milk cartons are thrown away, equal to 2.3kg per person. But residents in Birmingham, instead of throwing the milk and juice cartons away can now recycle them. Working with ACE (Alliance for Carton Recycling) there are now facilities to collect “Tetra Pak” cartons at the Household Recycling Centres. We are hoping to include them in the doorstep green box in 2008 – watch this space for more information. For more information about Tetra Pak and how they are recycled go to www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk

Battery Recycling

There are now household battery recycling bins at the Household Recycling Centres and to enable people to store the batteries, a reusable box is available. To get one call 0121 303 1112.

From City Council website. For more links and information, please go to www.birmingham.gov.uk/recycling

9 thoughts on “B’ham City Council Recycling

  1. Katie Garman

    Whilst the rise is recycling rates is excellent, the Council are still not providing any recycling facilities to residents living in flats.
    I’ve moved into the city centre about 9 months ago, and have been told that there are no plans to provide any recycling facilities.
    I refuse to bin recyclable waste, so this amkes it a real effort to take my waste to recycling centres when I don’t own a car.
    The Council make is very hard to be “green” in Birmingham.

  2. Oz

    The Council also does not provide any recycling to businesses although there are attempts by Balsall Heath In Bloom, Moseley In Bloom and King’s Heath Floral Trail to get things going on a small scale using Brumcan and other organisations.

  3. Chris Duggan (GreeninBrum)

    St Pauls Community Development Trust based in Balsall Heath has a long history of collecting waste paper from businesses in B12, B13 and B14 in a converted milk float.

  4. Mark Varney

    Birmingham city council are doing an excellent job on their recycling programme. I recycle every thing including my own garden and vegetables and use it to on my vegetable garden. I am having problems trying to buy recycled compost from birmingham city council require 2 tons to fill my new raised beds and requireit to be delivered Post code B31 2QH I live 10 minutes from cofton park recycle centre but told carn’t buy it.Help

  5. Olumide Kanye

    i must commend BCC for the great effort in introducing new measures to achieve high recyling rate. However now that the city has introduced the collection of green waste/garden waste, it will be sustainable if the council can go on a large scale of composting through wind rows method, as this will enhance the high rate of recycling in the city.

  6. joe

    Presumably the council is already windrow composting the collected green/garden waste, otherwise what are they doing with it?

  7. Chris Duggan (GreeninBrum)

    I’m told that they pay a private company to take the stuff away and process it into saleable compost or soil improver – whether this involves windrow composting, I have no idea. I can picture windrow composting, but would be grateful for a definition. Gardeners might be interested to know whether it destroys weeds, pests and diseases, as ‘hot’ composting would.

  8. joe

    Chris, they will be windrow composting this material.

    A windrow is just a long compost heap, you stack it up high in the middle so it looks like an upturned ‘u’. The longest one I’ve seen is was about 100m long.

    They’re like this because they used a big mincing machine on the back of a tractor to turn the compost and the material generally gets heaped into the middle.

    Windrow composting *is* hot composting. Inside a windrow you sometimes get really hot, and the compost is usually much better than you could do at home because the mass of material is so much greater and the oxygenisation is more thorough during the turning process. The downside is that it can be pretty smelly.

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